Enthone Introduces Decorative and Hard Chrome PFOS-Free Processes
Meet EPA Requirements
WEST HAVEN, CT, May 3, 2011– Enthone, Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, has introduced a family of PFOS-free wetting agents / fume suppressants (WAFS) for decorative and hard chrome applications. Each process offers surface finishers environmentally sound, high performance solutions that address the pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules significantly impacting the use of Perfluorinated Octane Sulfonate (PFOS) fume suppressants for plating processes.
ENTHONE® PFOS-free solutions minimize air emissions, while reducing worker exposure to hexavalent chromium. Transitioning from PFOS-containing processes now, ensures an uninterrupted chemistry supply and service when the new EPA regulations take effect. Specifically, the processes include:
• ANKOR® Wetting Agent FF: effectively prevents misting from decorative hexavalent chrome solutions based on formation of a foam blanket.
• ANKOR® PF1: designed to reduce the surface tension of hexavalent chrome solutions with low foam generation. It is stable at elevated temperatures and can be used to reduce misting in operations such as hard chrome, decorative chrome and anodizing.
• UDIQUE® Wetting Agent PF2: low foaming wetting agent that also reduces surface tensions designed for use in chromic acid etch solutions found in plating on plastics applications.
The final rule from EPA is expected to be approved later this year. Once enacted, the law will restrict the use of PFOS-based wetting agent/fume suppressants (WAFS) used in chromic acid anodizing, decorative chromium electroplating and hard chromium electroplating.
Brian DeWald, Director of Marketing and Commercial Development, Enthone Americas said, “By adopting a proactive approach to the PFOS issue years ago, Enthone is able deliver uninterrupted service and an uninterrupted chemistry supply to our customers now faced with needing to make the move to a more environmentally-friendly alternative.”
For more information on ENTHONE PFOS-free processes, visit www.enthone.com/PFOSfree.
Enthone Inc. is a business of Cookson Electronics www.cooksonelectronics.com. The company is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone manufactures, markets and distributes its functional, decorative and electronic processes that are used in printed wiring board, semiconductor, photovoltaic, automotive, energy, aerospace, jewelry, and plumbing applications. For more information, please visit www.enthone.com.
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Enthone Introduces TRILYTE® Dusk Trivalent Chromium Plating Process
WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, August 12, 2010 – Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, has introduced TRILYTE® Dusk trivalent chromium plating process. The environmentally friendly process deposits a dark decorative chromium layer over bright or satin nickel deposits.
TRILYTE Dusk produces a dark, lustrous coating that is ideally suited for a diversity of decorative automotive (e.g. door handles, grill, exterior molding) and household (e.g. lighting, cabinet hardware, furniture, appliance, sanitary fixtures) applications where fashion finishes are critical to product differentiation. The “warm” color provides a distinctive finish for interior applications.
TRILYE Dusk passes 80 hours of CASS (in conjunction with multilayer nickel systems), thereby meeting most OEM exterior specifications. Color reproduction and parts matching is consistently achieved due to the processes’ stable chemistry and easy operation that results in highest yields and quality. TRILYTE Dusk operating solutions remain extremely stable over time, even when operated infrequently, resulting in fewer expensive treatments, additive adjustments and solution replacements for the applicator. Additionally, the process uses graphite anodes avoiding the high start-up and maintenance costs associated with the use of MOX (iridium alloy) anodes. TRILYTE Dusk meets local environmental standards at a decreased cost due to reduced water and air treatment requirements, along with the associated monitoring time.
The TRILYTE Dusk deposit is consistent over normal current density ranges and is UV stable. The process is tolerate to current interruptions, provides more uniform metal distribution and reduces or eliminates high current density burning as compared to conventional hexavalent systems. For further information, visit www.enthone.com or download the TRILYTE Dusk Fact Sheet.
Enthone Inc. is a business of Cookson Electronics. The company is a leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings used in the electronics and surface finishing industries. Enthone manufactures markets and distributes its functional, decorative and electronic processes that are used in printed wiring board, semiconductor, photovoltaic, automotive, aerospace, jewelry, and plumbing applications. For more information, please visit www.enthone.com.
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The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) conducted the independent, third party certification and issued TL#820.
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The seminars covered various technologies and regulatory requirements confronting European platers.
Twenty-third class worldwide since the inception of the company-wide program in 2001.
The Perma Shield 1000 system provides protection against red rust as well as white corrosion.
Company says zinc and zinc alloy systems extend product life, increase yields.
Laboratory will deliver customer-driven solutions to the dynamic wafer fabrication marketplace; includes electroplating processes for bump wafer, through silicon via, copper redistribution layer and copper post applications.
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Enthones’ Cuprostar 1600 acid copper process features adjustable leveler capabilities that eliminate the potential for defects such as orange peel, flame patterns and overleveling.
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the product is said to virtually eliminate the generation of air borne emissions experienced with hexavalent chrome processes, all while negating some of the technical complications of similar products currently on the market.
A comprehensive supplier audit will enable immediate confirmation of authentic PCBs.
A Plating Academy technical training session provided insight on hard chrome plating mechanisms and best practices.
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